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north bay. firefightersus right now at 4:30, the fire engulfs a motel in the north bay. firefighters rush to save the dozens of people inside while the search continues for several pets still missing. plus officers open fire on a man after he allegedly points a gun at them. the investigation under way in the east bay. but first, an unusual sight in many parts of the bay area. a sunday storm bringing hail and low altitude snow. it's causing much larger problems tonight in the sierra. the news starts right now. good evening, everyone. i'm terry mcsweeney. >> i'm peggy bunker. the chilly conditions around the bay area turning rain into hail. across the bay today the unusual weather has people pulling out their cell phones, sending us
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this incredible and really unusual video here. this is from stephanie koehler's backyard showing a lot of hail. almost looks like a specific effect there. >> it does. >> we'll have more looks at viewer videos in a moment. the biggest problem was in the sierra where i-80 was closed for hours from col fax to the state line. california highway patrol sending these photos to show the condition. let's check with meteorologist rob mayeda tracking the latest on this storm. >> a real winter blast around the bay area. the picture we're seeing from walnut creek to mt. diablo encapsulates everything we've seen of our weather today. sun, a little bit of rain and hail and snow showers there on the flank of mt. diablo at this hour. san jose, too, you're seeing snow and rain mixed. out towards mt. hamilton, the radar views, we zoom you in west of highway 17. right there skyline boulevard
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areas west of los altos did have some snow and still a few snow showers there close to 2,000 feet. there's our radar view showing up there in white, sleet or wet snow flakes showing up in pink. it's been a while since we've seen these multiple colors on the radar. there you see mt. diablo looking at snow showers. seeing a break in most of the action but this is the pattern responsible. cold air dropping down out of canada. dropping our snow levels tonight. underneath some of the heavier showers, a chance of snow levels dropping even more tonight and sleet possible with rain possibly down even to near san jose tonight as the temperatures drop into the 30s and 40s. a closer look at what you can expect for tomorrow morning's commute coming up in 15 minutes. >> let's take a live look at conditions on i-80 in the sierra. this is soda springs. you can see covered in snow. no cars on that road. although i-80 is open.
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caltrans says nearly 70 miles, 70 miles of the interstate closed today because of the storm. a lot of people traveling from the bay area to the sierra for weekend getaways. this is, as you can imagine, not good news. highway 50 currently has no closures. our newsroom was flooded with videos from viewers showing the hail and weather in their neighborhood. this is from colleen campbell showing us the hail just pelting the cars here. this is in danville. now, take a look at the scene here in san mateo. this is from viewer chris miguel capturing pea-sized hail here falling on the ground. and you can hear it. that's for sure, if you were stuck in it. this the pounding hail sent to us by wes thierry in the bayview neighborhood. we love to see the videos that capture the different scenes from where you are. you can send them to us on twitter or instagram and e-mail them to us at
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isee@nbcbayarea.com. you can track the conditions with the free nbc bay area weather app. that's how you get a detailed forecast for where you live. we are learning new details about a fiery scene this morning in the north bay. flames engulfing a motel, destroying more than a dozen units. it happened at the travel inn motel in vallejo just off interstate 80. laura malpert is on the scene where dozens are out of a home tonight. >> reporter: the fire started at 9:30 this morning and consumed an entire wing of the hotel. you can see the area is blocked off by crime tape. construction crews just boarded up a window behind me. and you can see they are still here at the scene. >> it was so scary. stuff was popping. >> reporter: a large ball of fire consumes the travel inn residency hotel in vallejo sending dark smoke billowing into the air.
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it's the place tanner burnhart and his mom tina wilson have called home for several months. >> i just woke up and my son said that the building was on fire. we ran and tried to get as many people out as we could and knocked on doors. >> reporter: the fire destroyed 16 units and displaced up to 40 people. >> i didn't see any actual flames yet. so we went in and tried to get as much clothes and belongings as we could to get out. but our third trip in, the back porch was on fire. it was not worth it. >> reporter: firefighters say everyone made it out of the hotel but three people were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. firefighters resk you'd at least one cat, they say several cats and dogs are still missing. >> it was quite shocking. i'm sure later it's going to hit me a little bit more when, you know, i'm laying in a bed trying to figure out what happened. >> it was a big fire. it was one of the bigger fires we've had in a while, definitely. >> reporter: red cross volunteers the on hand offered evacuees assistance. brown says the hotel manager offered her another room for now
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and says everything else will work its way out. >> just trying to make it through this, you know. i don't know where we're going to get blankets, clothes, things like that. but we'll figure it out. i got the family, i got the dogs. that's all i can ask for. >> reporter: police say the fire does not appear to be suspicious, but they are still investigating what started the fire and whether smoke detectors were working. reporting live from vallejo, laura malpert, nbc bay area news. now to a chaotic and violent scene in east bay neighborhood last night. that's where hayward police shot a man suspected in a shooting that left two people injured. nbc bay area's christie smith is live at bay area headquarters now and has more details. >> reporter: peggy, neighbors say they heard two distinct rounds of gunfire. at first they thought it might be the sound of fireworks, but then they say they heard what sounded like a car losing control on the 27000 block of
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mandarin avenue last night around 11:30. that's when hayward police say they started receiving nine oeis that a person shot a man in front of the home. the suspect pointed a gun at one of their officers and the officer fired hitting that suspect several time. the neighbors say they're trying to figure out the timeline because it sounded like the car circled back through the neighborhood and lost control after they heard the first shot. >> he came back again flu the street, and that's when i guess he crashed into a few cars and he came out of the car and then he started shooting and that's when the police started shooting back. >> the neighbors say the female victim was treated and released from the hospital. both the male suspect and the other victim, we're told, are hospitalized, listed in stable condition. the officers were not injured in all this. what led to this, a motive is still unclear. we're hoping to get an update
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from alameda's district attorney's office and members of the police department are investigating. reporting live in hayward, christie smith, nbc bay area news. a high speed chase in east bay early this morning ended in this crash and an arrest. it all started when a police officer in lafayette tried to stop the driver of this car on eastbound 24. the driver sped away leading officers on a pursuit that hit speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. eve eventwally the driver crashed into another car. that passenger had to be cut out of the car by firefighters. that car is stolen. new video tonight of president trump touching down in washington, d.c., about 1 1/2 hours ago. the president returning to the capital after another tumultuous weekend including allegations that former president obama had a wiretap inside trump tower.
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nbc's jennifer johnson has the latest from washington. >> reporter: another working weekend for president trump at his florida golf club as a firestorm brews in washington over five of his tweets saturday, accusing president obama of wiretapping trump tower near the end of the 2016 campaign. one said how low has president obama gone to tap my phones? this is nixon, watergate, bad or sick guy. the former head of national intelligence denies it happened. >> there was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president-elect at the time or as a candidate or against his campaign. >> reporter: but the white house wants a congressional investigation. >> if it is, this is the greatest overreach and the greatest abuse of power that i think we've ever seen and a huge attack on democracy itself. >> reporter: former obama administration officials say the tweets divert attention away from accusation that attorney general jeff sessions and others had contact with russian officials during the campaign. one called it a page out of the trump crisis management
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playbook. >> that is simply to tweet or say something outrageous to distract from a scandal and the bigger the scandal, the more outrageous the tweet. >> reporter: republicans on the senate intelligence committee say this is the first time they've heard of it. >> i've never heard that allegation made before by anybody, i've never seen anything about that before. >> reporter: the house intelligence committee chair said that panel will investigate the president's allegations. jennifer johnson, nbc news, washington. tomorrow the president is expected to sign his revised travel ban taking the place of the january 27th executive order that has been put on holds by a federal appeals court. continuing coverage on nbc "nightly news" coming up, a scandal in the military that involves the alleged sharing of nude photos of female service members among military personnel. it begins right after this newscast at 5:30. help for san jose flood victims. the community group that came together today to deliver some much needed supplies.
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>> plus finding a forever home. an abandoned puppy at the center of a viral video found a second chance at life here in the bay area. quite a mix of weather conditions in the bay area right now. downpours near palo alto, clearing skies in san jose and snow showers now leaving mt. diablo. how low the snow levels can get tonight. helping hand today, froa local
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==take voge." people hit hard by coyote creek flooding in san jose got a helping hand today from a local elks lodge. the lodge quickly organized a donation drive and put out the call to members and the community for items. you can say they got quite a haul. organizers couldn't be more pleased with the response. >> i'm so amazed by the generosity of our community. so glad to be part of the elks and so glad that the elks members stepped up to do this. look at this, tables and tables and tables. dollar wise i couldn't even begin to tell you.
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>> it is remarkable. san jose flood victims picked up donations this afternoon, everything from towels and clothing to cleaning supplies and toiletries. we have a heartwarming update on a cruel case of a puppy found near death in a dumpster in the central valley last month. meet ivy. this is what she looks like today. she's just as cute as can be. about a week ago, though, she was pulled out of a bakersfield area dumpster after someone threw the gravely injured dog in the trash. cell phone video showed the dog's injuries and that video went viral people were so upset about it. she's being fostered by a family in los altos from an organization called pound puppy rescue. >> while she's being fostered, she'll be socialized with little kids, other dogs. by the time she'll be ready for adoption she'll be well adjusted and ready to fit into family life. >> i'vy still has recovery to
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do. one eye cannot be saved. she's one of the lucky one. volunteers really want people to know there are always humane options to surrender your pet. coming up next, the dangerous wilderness escape right in our backyard. we'll have a troubling report. and a live look outside over palo alto right now. the storm not over yet. gray skies there, lots of raindrops on the camera lens. ==te - grocery outlet is the home of "wow" savings.
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recreation area in nevada. yosemite took the number two spot with 150 deaths from 2006 until 2016. >> isn't that interesting. not something you think about when you are going to a park. but there are beautiful vistas, maybe people don't pay attention. definitely paying attention outside today. i had hail, too, where i live. >> everybody who did see it had it come down pretty hard at times. for the morning pea-sized hail and a lot of snow at times the, down to as low as 2,000 feet this afternoon west of the los altos hills. right now san jose breaking out the sunshine, but look at the temperatures. only 47 degrees, the sunny skies, snow capped mountains off to the east. palo alto had a pretty good downpour pass by. also small hail. we'll show you how things look on the radar. you can see that tracking off to the south and east. and around highway 17 a little bit of sleet passing by within the last half hour. actually, that is the radar site
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of the national weather service looking at snow right at the radar. you see more snow there east of san jose out towards mt. hamilton and a little mix mt. diablo where we had snow. you can see it there on the late day sunshine on the side of mt. diablo. passing showers and still out towards mt. tam and the higher hills of the north bay as low as 2,000 feet today. good chance you'll see a mix of wet snow flakes along with the scattered showers. as the air continues to cool down, you won't see as much moisture. that cold air right out of canada dropping the snow level tonight and temperatures tomorrow morning upper 30s to low 40s and this recipe is ripe for some low snow levels dropping into tomorrow morning. some of the heavier showers, too, may briefly try to mix some sleet down closer to even sea level early in the day. highs tomorrow will be in the mid-50s. another cool day. not quite as cool as we saw today. rainfall totals from here on out not a big story.
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most places picking up less than a tenth of an inch of rain. out around the north bay and especially east of san jose we're likely going to see another 2 to 4 inches of snow, not rain, snow atop mt. hamilton as we head into tomorrow morning. hour by hour for the morning forecast, you can see these little pockets of downpours. this can include small hail or sleet at times for the morning commute. 6:30 in the morning you can see the scattered showers. though the transition will be from drier weather once we move into tomorrow night and tuesday you begin to see the clearing as the storm track begins to lift to the north. that's a big change we're going to start to see as high pressure builds. storm track moves off to the north. no longer talking about chilly temperatures and talking about wednesday and thursday, numbers in the 60s and 70s, now maybe a few showers trying to drop in by friday. winter-like conditions will last for another day and things will change around. middle part of the week you see the temperatures beginning to climb on up going from the 40s and 50s for highs today.
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60s by tuesday and wednesday, then 70s by thursday. a few showers friday and next weekend. stay tuned. not a washout. scattered showers to deal with by the end of the week, but once we get past middle part of the week will feel a lot more like spring despite the snow-capped hills. >> i know, so unbelievable. >> looks like some other part of the country. >> really neat. >> we're ready for spring, that's for sure. an actress now living in the bay area reflecting on a secret she kept hidden for years. >> we'll take a look at her hollywood career and what she's doing now to share her story returning from the dark side of celebrity. got a tip for the bay area's biggest investigative unit? call 1-888-996-tips or e-mail the unit@nbcbayarea.com. we dont this thing is, but someday, gus will because this is the thing that gus will build that will change the world. and this is the thing that could change gus' world.
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gus doesn't know what this thing is, but we know what this thing is. this is the thing we'll help gus get rid of. and without this thing, gus can grow up to build this thing, whatever that thing is, because that's what we do. we do health things, and we do those things for northern california, birthplace of pioneers.
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and we do those things for northern california, hollywood. for decades, she was one of the hardest working actresses in hollywood, but now this bay area celebrity is revealing her next
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act. >> "little house on the prairie" fans know her as ms. beadle. we go through her film career and her piece of work behind the lens. >> that might fit there. i've always sewn. >> reporter: so often along our journey, life casts us in many different roles. charlotte stewart has played more roles than most. >> i had been working since about 1961 in hollywood. i worked with jimmy stewart and henry fonda, fbi and mannix and gunsmoke and bonanza. >> reporter: she also appeared in films like david lynch's eraserhead and twin peaks but a role she landed on a popular tv series that she's best known for today. for four years stewart visited the nation's living rooms as teacher miss beadle on "little house on the prairie." >> if the class would like to do it, i think it would be very
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educational. >> sweet kind school teacher. >> reporter: her character was wholesome, innocent, pure, the real stewart was far more complicated. hanging out with rock musicians like joni mitchell and jim morrison who she made this previously unseen home movie of during a road trip. >> one day he calls me up and says, i got to get out of town. we jump in his car and we just start driving. all this footage of jim driving the pacific ocean in the background and walking up the steps to hearst castle. he's eating a hot dog. and i never saw him again. and he was dead in six months. >> reporter: but stewart had her own struggles. >> after i left "little house" went into a depression. i was drinking too much. i was doing drugs. and i ended up going into rehab. >> reporter: stewart eventually moved to napa with her second husband who died five years ago. then she successful battled cancer. you might say it's the kind of life that would make a good book. well --
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>> it's called "little house in the hollywood hills". >> reporter: the real heart of the story was things like surviving alcoholism and the death of a spouse and total financial ruin and just bouncing back. >> reporter: these days stewart lives quietly in napa sewing what she calls beadle bags for her legions of "little house" fans. though stewart continues to occasionally act, she's now playing what maybe her finest role yet, a newlywed. >> i'm healthy, happy, in love. >> reporter: reporting for nbc bay area news. >> from little house on the prairie to snow on the hills. east of san jose right now, sunshine for san jose, passing showers, rain and snow to the south and the east. how low these snow levels could get tonight. when we come right back. snow in the south bay. i'm marianne favro, coming up
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i'll show you where we found flurries just a few minutes ago. that's coming up. a fire rips through a hotel in the north bay. i'm laura malpert. i'll show you the damage it caused and tell you why guests were lucky to get out in time.
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san jose right now. there you see rain northwest of downtown. that will clip milpitas. look what's happening down to the south, around the national service weather and mt. hamilton to the east, yes, the snow starting to add up, scattered showers in san francisco. here's the pattern that's fueling these low snow levels and hail producing storms. cold air driving down out of canada dropping right on top of the bay area. so tonight snow levels at times with these heavier showers below 3,000 feet. we could at times see a mix of wet snowflakes or sleet even below those hilltop levels tonight as our temperatures tomorrow morning starting the day in the 30s and 40s, which means a lot of snow-capped higher hilltops. we'll let you know how long they'll be in the hour by hour outlook coming up ten minutes from now. >> not just hail. even low snow in places like the santa cruz

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